Providence or a 4 Leaf Clover – Weekly Sermon – March 17, 2019

Sunday, March 17, 2019

“Providence or a 4 Leaf Clover”

Genesis 50:15-21

Of you were one to believe in luck, be it good or bad you would have to say that Joseph sure  ran a streak of bad luck.

Joseph didn’t believe in luck, he believed in the providence of God in and over his life.

His life of slavery, to prison, to the Prime Minister of Egypt was never out of God’s control.

In verse 20 Joseph laid this out.  His brothers had meant evil against him, but God meant it for good, because if all the moments had not occurred, he wouldn’t have been in the position he was and many, many peoples lives were preserved, both Egyptian and Hebrew alike.  

God’s divine providence, his Godly will, his infallible decisions, his perfect governance over Josephs life echoed and mirrored in every one of our lives too.

Not one thing can stand against or stand in the way of the providence of our Almighty Heavenly Father, nothing..

I don’t believe that any one of us can ever fully understand the magnitude of the Providence of God.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, sayeth the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the Earth, so are my ways higher than your ways my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Here’s some of what we can understand and comprehend.

The late, great Dr. J. Vernon McGee and his “Thru the Bible Ministry” explained God’s providence in part.

Theological definition is the means by which God directs all things both animate and inanimate, good and evil, toward a worthy purpose which means that his will must finally prevail or as the Psalmist wrote in Psalm 103:9 “His kingdom ruleth over all.”

In Ephesians 1:11 Paul penned “God worketh all things after the counsel of his will.”

There are three words that can help us in our efforts to grasp God’s involvement in all of his creation, in this world an beyond.

It all began for us in Genesis 1:1 by the fiat of God’s spoken voice this world and all things came into existence.  

If a person cannot come to terms with creationism, then how can they even have a slight understanding or comprehension on God’s sovereignty over it all?

Our faith in God’s word and in his divine governance is what Paul meant in Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” God;s word reveals to us the accuracy of God’s authority over every bit of creation.  

The second word (Preservation)

God’s preservation and divine will to do so holds all things together.  

God the Father assures this by his Son Christ Jesus and through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Hebrews 1:1-2

“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,

2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;”

The 3rd Word is (Providence) This is the way that God directs the universe and all of it’s

God will move each day into each tomorrow creation.

Providence means to provide.  Through his will and providence God provides.

God moves each day into each tomorrow.

Providence is the hand of God in the glove of human events.

Ask Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Ask Joseph, Moses and Job.

Ask David, Nebechednezzer and the prophets.

Ask Peter, Paul and the disciples.

Ask them all, if their lives were governed by the divine providence of God or by luck, happenstance and circumstance.

I know what their answers would be, the same as mine – Satan drools and my God rules.

Today is St. Patricks Day.

The legend is that he was a Roman/Britannia citizen who was kidnapped by Irish raiders. And enslaved.

He prayed for God to help him escape and he did.  He returned to Britain and became a priest.

It’s said that he went back to Ireland to bring Christianity to the Pagans.

He is supposed to have driven all the snakes from the Isle with a staff in his hand.

There were never any snakes on the Isle of Ireland.  It may be that this was referring to his spiritually driving out the Druid Priests.

St. Patrick became the patron saint of Ireland in Catholicism after his death on March 17th 461 A.D.

He was to have used a three leaf clover as an object in explaining the Trinity to the pagans.

A shamrock from the ancient Gaelic tongue is “Seamrog or little clover.”

The Three leaves are also to represent faith, hope, and love, but a four leaf clover also includes the leaf of luck.

The three leaf clover is seen as a national symbol of Ireland.  It’s on flags, soap, Boston basketball team, Notre Dame football and so on.

The Irish superstitions run deep.  A pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, the little people or Leprechauns can be evil luck or bad luck.

Of course the vast majority of celebrations of this Irish historic day are doing so in honor of their ancestral history.  

So do you believe in luck?  Do you believe in circumstances or mere happenstance?  Are you superstitious?

If you are born again believer you have to believe in the absolute authority, governance, sovereignty and providence of our Almighty God.  

Is it providence that unfolds itself each moment of your life or do you have a four leaf clover in your pocket hoping for good luck?

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